36 days in South America Itinerary

36 days in South America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America travel planner

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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 6 nights
Drive
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Curitiba, Brazil
— 4 nights
Drive
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Joinville, Brazil
Drive
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Balneario Camboriu, Brazil
— 3 nights
Drive
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Florianopolis, Brazil
Fly to Porto Alegre, Bus to Gramado
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Gramado, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive
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Porto Alegre, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Iguazu Airport, Fly to Buenos Aires
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Drive
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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Drive
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 6 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for shopping, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, examine the collection at Museu do Futebol, and take a stroll through Jardins District.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Sao Paulo trip itinerary builder.

Sydney, Australia to Sao Paulo is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Sao Paulo is minus 13 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Curitiba.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Curitiba, Brazil

— 4 nights

Ecological Capital of Brazil

The word "Brazil" isn't often mentioned in the same breath as "excellent urban planning"--except in Curitiba.
Take a break from Curitiba with a short trip to Vinhos do Italiano in Sao Jose Dos Pinhais, about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico de Curitiba, walk around Parque Barigui, look for gifts at Mercado Municipal de Curitiba, and wander the streets of Bairro de Santa Felicidade.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Curitiba day trip website.

You can drive from Sao Paulo to Curitiba in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sao Paulo in March, you will find days in Curitiba are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Joinville.

Things to do in Curitiba

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Joinville, Brazil

City of Princes

You'll feel a distinctly European atmosphere on your trip to Joinville, a city of about 550,000 in southern Brazil.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): stop by Shopping Mueller Joinville.

To see reviews and other tourist information, go to the Joinville journey site.

Traveling by car from Curitiba to Joinville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Curitiba in March, expect Joinville to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Balneario Camboriu.

Things to do in Joinville

Shopping
Highlights from your trip

Balneario Camboriu, Brazil

— 3 nights
A resort town located just 10 km (6.2 mi) south of the city of Itajai, Balneario Camboriu is sometimes called the Brazilian Dubai--a reference to its dominant skyscrapers, sandy coastline, and jet-set appeal.
Get out of town with these interesting Balneario Camboriu side-trips: Beto Carrero World (in Penha) and Praia De Quatro Ilhas (in Bombinhas). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Praia das Laranjeiras and stroll through Central Beach.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Balneario Camboriu travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Joinville to Balneario Camboriu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Balneario Camboriu sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 25°C at night. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Balneario Camboriu

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Florianopolis, Brazil

Magic Island

Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Florianopolis route planning website.

You can drive from Balneario Camboriu to Florianopolis in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Florianopolis, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. You'll set off for Gramado on the 17th (Sun).

Things to do in Florianopolis

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Gramado, Brazil

— 1 night

Hydrangea Garden

Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo and then stroll around Mini Mundo.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Gramado attractions planner.

Getting from Florianopolis to Gramado by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Porto Alegre.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks · Historic Sites

Porto Alegre, Brazil

— 2 nights

Smile City

On your holiday to Porto Alegre, affectionately nicknamed "Smile City," you can expect a warm welcome from locals.
On your second day here, catch a live event at Arena do Gremio, then walk around Parque Moinhos de Vento, then engage your brain at Museu de Ciencias e Tecnologia da PUCRS, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Tunel Da Conceicao.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Porto Alegre tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Gramado to Porto Alegre in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can fly to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Porto Alegre

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites

Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

— 2 nights

Land of the Waterfalls

A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls, then examine the collection at Museu de Cera Dreamland, and then look for gifts at Artesanato Chocolate Caseiro Tres Fronteiras. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Porto Alegre to Foz do Iguacu by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 3 nights

Queen of La Plata

Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, get to know the fascinating history of Calle Defensa, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip tool.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in March, expect nights in Buenos Aires to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Lima.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Lima, Peru

— 1 night

City of the Kings

Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
On the 28th (Thu), take a stroll through Miraflores, then steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lima trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Buenos Aires to Lima takes 50 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Peru Standard Time (PET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Cusco, Peru

— 5 nights

Imperial City

Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Inlakesh - Peruvian Art & Design Store (in Urubamba), Pisac (in Pisac) and Winay Wayna (in Machu Picchu). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and wander the streets of San Blas.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Lima to Cusco takes 17 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lima in March: highs in Cusco hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 9°C. On the 3rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Santiago, Chile

— 2 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, get great views at Sky Costanera, and don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santiago trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Cusco to Santiago in 37 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nature